Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Albums of the decade #1 – Lifehouse – No Name Face (2000)

The greatest of the decade, and the greatest of all time. No Name Face has held this spot, unchallenged, for years. This review will not get close to doing it justice. An album about identity, and an album full of honesty, reality and vulnerability. Many people will know ‘Hanging by a moment’ and ‘Everything’ – two amazing songs, but neither of which are even in the top three on this album. ‘Quasimodo’ is the representative contender for greatest song of all time, while ‘Simon’ and ‘Sick Cycle Carousel’ come very close indeed. The other tracks are almost all outstanding. The music, while not unique, is well-crafted and sounds excellent, especially the bass guitar. Jason Wade’s lyrics are like nothing else and he sings them both beautifully and viciously. Lifehouse perform that incredibly hard feat of taking songs that should be very cheesy and performing them so genuinely that there is not even a whiff.

I should also mention here some of the albums that didn’t make the top ten, and that it caused me pain to exclude.
Some of these are:
Athlete – Beyond the Neighbourhood
Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head
Delirious – World Service
Editors – An End has a Start
Enya – A Day Without Rain
Idlewild – 100 Broken Windows
Lifehouse – Stanley Climbfall
Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory
Mew – And the Glass Handed Kites
Muse – Absolution
Red Hot Chili Peppers – By the Way
Sigur Ros – Takk
Sixpence None The Richer – Divine Discontent
Steve – Falling Down
U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind
U2 – How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

1 comment:

Joe 50 said...

100 Broken Windows was 1999, otherwise it would have AT LEAST come second in my list. No surprises at the top of course. Great exercise, I suggest we repeat it in a decade!